Poems

The Bull Calf

Well, sonny! Come along,
Swinging your little tail!
This is the price you have to pay
For being born a male.

Moo, moo, old cow!
And start a hunger-strike,
Lots of us have to do
Things that we don't like.

Lots of us have to suffer;
Don't let it spoil your meal,
This is the price you have to pay;
Somebody wants some veal.

Don't take it too hard, old cow;
I'm sorry you've got so wild;
But somebody's got an appetite
And wants to eat your child.

Henry Bailey Stevens (1891-1976)

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